Pittsfield Gazette set to return following owner's hospitalization

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PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Gazette is expected to resume weekly publication on Thursday following a period of hospitalization for Publisher Jonathan Levine.

Levine said the newspaper was on "emergency medical hiatus" for the past two editions, while he was in Berkshire Medical Center for an eight-day period, which included three surgeries. He said that necessitated a temporary shutdown of the weekly newspaper.

However, Levine said he plans to be at the City Council meeting on Tuesday and has resumed limited operations, adding that he still feels weak from his medical ordeal but is recovering.

Levine, 49, who founded the paper in 1991, said, "I'm feeling weak, but functional. I'm walking around, but with a cane."

He said he's been at the paper's Wendell Avenue Extension office and "gearing back up" to put out Thursday's edition.

Some subscribers to the paper, which has a circulation of 2,400, have been calling or emailing him to complain about the lapse in deliveries, he said. On the Gazette' website, Levine has posted a notice explaining the situation.

"Despite the unexpected lapse, all subscribers will still receive the total number of issues they have paid for. All subscriptions will be adjusted to reflect the off period," Levine said in the statement.

"One year subscriptions are based on 50 issues," he said. "While everyone was inconvenienced, no advertiser or subscriber will be financially impacted."

He added, "I am very grateful to our advertisers, vendors and readers for their patience and support during this difficult period."

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6246.


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